SURPRISE, ARIZ., (April 29, 2012) – The women’s team from Sun Lakes, Ariz. representing the USTA Southwest Section, captured the national title at the USTA League 7.0 Super Senior National Championships held at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex in Surprise, Arizona.
The Sun Lakes team defeated a team from Beverly, Mass., 3-0 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Sun Lakes team defeated a team from San Juan, Puerto Rico,3-0 in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.
The team is captained by John Radcliffe and features Judith Lamers, Randi Rex, Sharon Lee Feltus, Barbara Jean McManus, Jeri Schulz, Lola Bernadelli, Sue Garretson, Drena Radcliffe and Joan Anderson and plays at the Iron Oaks Tennis Club.
The top four teams in order of finish are: Southwest Section, New England Section, Eastern Section and Caribbean Section.
This year’s USTA League 7.0 Super Senior National Championship has drawn the top 33 teams (16 men’s and 17 women’s) from throughout the nation.
USTA League celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2005. Since its inception in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in its first year, to over 750,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league.
USTA League was established to provide adult recreational tennis players throughout the country with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels. Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by the USTA through its 17 Sections. The league groups players by using six National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.0 (advanced). USTA League is open to any USTA member 19 years of age or older. It features Adult and Mixed Doubles divisions, as well as a Senior Division (age 50 or older) and a Super Senior Division (age 60 or older).
Head Penn Racquet Sports is in its 23rd year as official ball of USTA League.
For more information about USTA League or the USTA as a whole, visit www.usta.com.
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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with 750,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., is a minority owner and promotional partner of World TeamTennis, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and through tennis, helps underserved youth and people with disabilities to improve academics and strive for excellence. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.The USTA League program celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2005. Established in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 665,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league.